Class B AIS, the name game
This weekend I’m working on a PMY column about Class B AIS, and now have three transponders up and running, which you’ll hear about. But I also went over my notes and audio recording of the NMEA AIS meeting, and recalled with a smile Jorge Arroyo’s dismay about repetitive and goofy recreational boat names. “We don’t want 250 Rum Runners in our database!” he exclaimed. The very next day I saw Bullship moored above at Catalina Island. The truth is that we can be pretty foolish about boat names, and they are going to look…um…unprofessional on AIS target screens and Web sites…
Given what I wrote about Arroyo’s NMEA talk—i.e. a new rule mandating the use of state registration numbers as AIS vessel name—I want to be extra clear that Bullship and other dumbass yacht names will be on those target screens, if their owners equip them with Class B. I don’t know why the USCG made made a big deal of an idea it would change its mind on almost immediately (perhaps with some Panbot guidance), but I do know my reporting was accurate (thanks to the amazingly effective Pulse smartpen). More goofy boat names that may be coming to an AIS screen near you can be found here, and on this blog (which borrowed my photo!) and don’t forget the possibilities of the vessel name/home port transom combination:
Icom AIS receiver, and more on Class B
October 4, 2008
Raymarine AIS plotting, “buddies” & more
April 8, 2009
USCG AIS mandates, get’er done, please!
March 17, 2010
Getting ready for Class B, does your AIS plotter do DR?
December 6, 2006